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Autotrader Find: 2009 Acura CSX Imported From Canada

If you’ve ever looked at the Honda Civic and desired a more upscale version of it, your prayers have finally been answered. Actually, your prayers were answered back in 2013, when Acura came out with the ILX, which was basically a nicer version of the Civic. But they’re answered here again, OK? See the used Acura models for sale near you

This is an Acura CSX, and it’s an upscale version of the Honda Civic that was only sold in Canada. The theory here is that Canadian consumers prefer smaller cars than U.S shoppers, so they occasionally get certain small cars that aren’t offered in the States (like the Toyota Echo hatchback and the Nissan Micra). Acura decided to expand its Canadian lineup one step below its U.S. lineup to take advantage of this difference in preference.

Interestingly, the CSX wasn’t the first Canada-only Acura: Beginning in the late 1990s and through 2005, Acura sold a luxury version of the Civic in Canada called the EL. The CSX replaced the EL until it was replaced by the ILX, which was then sold in both markets.

Of course, this begs the question: how is this here in the United States? Although our import laws are fairly strict when it comes to vehicles that aren’t yet 25 years old, there’s a clause that allows people to import under-25 vehicles that are “substantially similar” to cars that were sold in the United States. My guess is that’s what’s going on here, though it’s hard to tell. The VIN isn’t listed and the license plate is blurred out, meaning this car could still have its Canadian title and registration.

Either way, it’s a rare model — and if you want something a little more interesting than the usual used economy car, this CSX is offered by a private seller in Orlando for $8,200. Find a used Acura for sale

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  1. My mother had one of these beasts… and it wasn’t pretty.  The first clutch lasted 40,000 km.  The dealership figured that my mother wasn’t street racing, so they covered the replacement.

    The second clutch lasted 4,000 km and failed without warning.  No slippage, nothing.  Just one instant it was working fine, the next instant there was smoke pouring out from under the car.  The dealer, after sending a mechanic with my mother to check her driving technique (“Fine”, like she had to be critiqued after driving manuals for 30+ years).  Both the dealer and Honda Canada said it was her fault, but they’d cover the parts for the replacement.
    She lost all faith in the car, but was willing to give Acura another shot, so she decided on another CSX with an automatic.  The one they were going to sell her was a demo with 20,000 km.  After drawing up an offer sheet, she noticed that the top line had the full list price of the car, which left her with the impression that she was paying new car prices for a used car.  To the dealership’s credit, they noticed this and were willing to give her extra on the trade-in.
    When I tried to tell the sales manager that if they dropped the first line down a bit and took it off the trade, she’d buy the car, he informed me that I “didn’t understand the numbers”.
    Having a BComm (minor in accounting) I proceeded to explain the numbers to him, once again re-iterating that if they dropped the top line some and took some off the trade, she’d buy the car.
    They refused.
    We drove down the road to a Ford dealer, where she bought a 2010 Fusion that she still owns today.  And I’m pretty sure that our family will never buy another Acura/Honda product.
  2. I know of at least one Nissan S12 V6, a U.S. market-only model, that was imported to Saskatchewan.  As I recall it wasn’t too difficult.

  3. A lot of Canadians have summer properties down in Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale (we call them snowbirds), so I’m guessing this belonged to one of those. 

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